AAA: Omaha 4, Portland 3
W: Josh Rupe (2-3, 2.40)
HR: Jai Miller (15), Ed Lucas (12)
Kurt Mertins singled in Ed Lucas in the bottom of the ninth, leading the O-Royals past the Beavers, 4-3. The hit was Mertins' first of the game, while Ed Lucas smacked a solo shot in the seventh inning. Jai Miller went 2-for-4 with a home run, while Cody Clark also had two hits. Federico Castaneda pitched the first five innings, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out five batters. Gaby Hernandez and Josh Rupe held the Beavers scoreless for the final four innings, before Mertins hit his walk-off.
Omaha plays the third game of its four-game series Friday night.
AA: Tulsa 11, NW Arkansas 6
L: Alex Caldera (3-2, 5.12)
Alex Caldera was hit hard Thursday, allowing seven runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings as the Naturals fell to the Drillers, 11-6. Eduardo Paulino pitched the next 2.2 innings, giving up one run, four hits and four walks before he was lifted for Brandon Sisk, who allowed three runs on two hits over the final 1.2 innings. At the plate, Jamie Romak had a multi-hit game, while Paulo Orlando cracked a triple. Eric Hosmer finished 0-for-4.
NW Arkansas continues its homestand Friday when the club welcomes the Arkansas Travelers to Arvest Ballpark.
High-A: Salem 11, Wilmington 6
L: Harold Mozingo (3-2, 4.79)
HR: Nick Francis (10)
The Blue Rocks' pitching staff struggled on Thursday as Wilmington lost to the Salem Red Sox, 11-6. Bryan Paukovits pitched four innings, allowing six runs on seven hits before Harold Mozingo relieved him and gave up three runs on four hits. James Thompson allowed two runs to cross in the eighth. On offense, Wil Myers went 3-for-4 with a double, and Nick Francis homered in his second straight game. Christian Colon and Salvador Perez each collected a double, while Rey Navarro added a triple.
Wilmington continues its series Friday night against the Salem Red Sox.
Low-A: Beloit 5, Burlington 0
L: Elisaul Pimentel (9-4, 3.50)
Elisaul Pimentel pitched well in his second start for the Bees, but Burlington was shut out in a 5-0 loss to the Beloit Snappers. Pimentel threw six innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out three. Brian Anderson was only able to record one out in the seventh, allowing three runs on two hits and one walk before he was replaced by Matt Mitchell, who held the Snappers scoreless for the next 1.2 innings. On offense, Carlo Testa had two hits, but the rest of the team only managed to muster three more.
Burlington looks to avoid a sweep when the club finishes its series against Beloit Friday.
Rookie: Orem 9, Idaho Falls 5
L: Scott Alexander (1-5, 6.21)
Idaho Falls lost its seventh straight road game, falling 9-5 to the Orem Owlz. Scott Alexander gave up three runs on six hits over three innings before Alexander Blauer allowed three runs on four hits in 1.2 innings of relief. Chad Blauer allowed three runs on three hits over 1.1 innings before he was removed for Jordan Roualdes, who tossed two scoreless frames. At the plate, Lane Adams went 3-for-5 with a double, while Murray Watts went 2-for-5 with a double. Justin Trapp, Geulin Beltre, and Malcom Culver also had multi-hit games.
Idaho Falls squares off against the Orem Friday night for the second game of their series.
Rookie: AZL Indians 8, AZL Royals 3
L: Tim Melville (0-1, 10.80)
Tim Melville allowed two runs, two hits and two walks in his rehab assignment, and the AZL Royals lost to the AZL Indians, 8-3. Eric Diaz and Jorge Soto each allowed three runs in 1.2 innings of work apiece before Rudy Brown and Nick Rogers held the Indians scoreless over the final four innings. On offense, Hector Moreno went 2-for-4 with a double, while Cameron Conner connected on a triple. Daniel Mateo and Ysmelin Alcantara also had two hits.
The AZL Royals have Friday off before facing the AZL Indians again Saturday night.
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